Join us for the 3rd Annual Columbia River Canoe Journey Landing.

  • What: Gathering at Kettle Falls and Salmon Ceremony
  • When: Thursday, June 22, 2018, at 9am
  • Where: Harter, Kettle Falls
  • Event details: Join us for the canoes’ arrival, prayer, food, followed by a salmon ceremony.

For more information, view the invitation.


About the Canoe Journey

The five Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) will journey in dugout canoes to Kettle Falls, their traditional fishing spot for thousands of years on the Columbia River. In 2016, the tribes made this trip for the first time in over 80 years. Over the last three years, the tradition has continued as more tribal members have joined the journey, celebration and salmon ceremony.

A major goal of the event is to draw attention to the tribes’ efforts to restore fish passage and the health of the Columbia River. This year, the journey will have a new significance, as the U.S. and Canada started negotiations on the Columbia River Treaty in May 2018 without tribal presence. For the past 50 years, the Columbia River Treaty excluded tribal participation in its governance and implementation.

UCUT remains firm that any negotiations must include tribes at the table. Tribes and First Nations are advocating a third major purpose be included in a modernized Columbia River Treaty: ecosystem-based function—meaning: operations supporting a healthy river, including the fish, wildlife, habitat and forests. Changing how the Columbia River is managed is important to ensuring future descendants have a healthy home that includes clean water and salmon.


UCUT Video Gallery

Canoe Journey and Gathering at Kettle Falls

Fish Reintroduction into the U.S. And Canadian Upper Columbia River

Upper Columbia River Basin Fish Passage and Reintroduction Project – Phase 1

Treaty Talks: A Journey up the Columbia River for People and Salmon

Columbia River Listed among Most Endangered Rivers of 2015

20 Year Report

United for the Benefit of All

Grand Coulee and the Forgotten Tribe

UCUT and Bonneville Power Administration Partnership

Tribal Salmon Management, Harvesting and Sharing

Forests and Fish Report

Drumheller Springs Natural Park

Pow Wow and Community Outreach


3 days ago

"With salmon restoration, led by First Nations and Tribes on both sides of the border, becoming more and more feasible, it’s time for Canada and the US to work together to not just bring salmon ... See more

The Columbia River Treaty renegotiation has begun, with the first substantive meetings between Canada and the US at the end of May. More than five decades after the treaty was first signed, we can ... See more

4 days ago

"In addition to hydropower and flood control, the existing treaty provides benefits such as irrigation, municipal and industrial water, navigation and recreation ... But environmental groups and ... See more

Talks to revise the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada.